Saturday, 15 December 2007

Automated reminder calls get people exercising more

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It's amazing that something as low-tech as a daily automated telephone call could be one of the best exercise motivators, but that is just what a new study out of Stanford University is suggesting.

The study looked at the effectiveness of a telephone call to get sedentary adults off their duffs and engaged in some type of exercise. The study took a year and 218 adults aged 55 and over participated.

But, an automated telephone call was not the total saving grace, either. It tied with phone calls from human beings (health educators) for effectiveness. Perhaps just a reminder nudge is all most people need to recognize they need some some of daily exercise? This study sure alludes to that. Would either type of telephone call work for you?

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